The first things many of us think of when we hear the name Michael Phelps are the records he has broken or the medals he has won. But Phelps’ legacy is also encapsulated in the individuals he inspired to pursue greatness.
For sheer perseverance and commitment to a goal, Plummer is the recipient for the Heart of a Champion Swammy Award.
Though Katie Ledecky has been an Olympic gold medalist since she won the 800 free at age 15 in 2012, the teenage distance phenom truly left made her mark on the Olympic stage in 2016.
Belarus’s Ihar Boki swam his way to the highest gold medal total of any Paralympic swimmer in Rio this summer, earning 6 gold medals.
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The Longhorns won another national championship by a 190.5 point margin, giving Reese his 12th NCAA victory. That victory for Reese puts him into unchartered territory as the winningest coach in NCAA swimming history.
El Salvador’s Marcelo Acosta reserved his spot in swimming history in 2016, as he became the first man from El Salvador to qualify for the Olympics with an “A” cut.
Ukraine’s Yelyzaveta Mereshko led all female swimmers in Rio with 5 total Paralympic medals. 4 were gold for Mereshko, all individual. Her only non-gold medal was a bronze from Ukraine’s mixed 4×50 free relay.
Canadian Olympian Penny Oleksiak burst on to the scene in 2016, rising through the ranks to land on top of the podium at the Rio Olympic Games.
Condorelli, who became a household name in the swimming world after stories of his middle finger ritual circulated, finished just off the podium at the Olympics with a 4th place finish in the 100 free.
Kosuke Hagino (left) earned 3 medals at the 2016 Olympic Games, including the 400m IM gold, to help lay claim to the Swammy for Asian Male Swimmer of the Year.
fter finishing second at the men’s 2016 NCAA Championships, Durden put five swimmers on the American men’s Olympic team, all of which went on to make an Olympic final.
Surfing atop the new wave of Canadian swimming was Penny Oleksiak, who capped off an impressive summer in Rio with an Olympic gold in the 100 freestyle, where she tied with American Simone Manuel.
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